"I don’t understand why people criticized (Silva) so much (against Thales Leites). He used a perfect strategy and wasn’t hit in the whole fight, had a clean fight and won. Do we have rules? So let’s fight under the rules. Why would he go there and fight until he rips his opponent’s head off? … Why would he expose himself? You have to use your mind. I like the guys who use strategy -- these are the guys who are on the top: Lyoto, Anderson, GSP. They fight clean and take their opponents out of their own games ... Lyoto is one of the few guys that knows how to use strategy. Besides his karate and his ground game, he knows how to use strategy and that’s what puts him on the top. I saw his victory over Rashad. He wasn’t punched one single time in the whole fight and that’s (the strategy)."
Brazilian jiu-jitsu and UFC pioneer Royce Gracie defends the strategy of current UFC champions Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida -- both of whom have come under fire in their career for an 'elusive' style that often means they leave the bout without getting hit -- and fans leave the arena without getting entertained. Are today's fans too eager to watch a 15-minute bloodbath at the expense of an intelligent and often slower-paced ground war? Or do the Brazilian champs have a responsibility to maintain fireworks in each and every bout? Opinions please.